Rep Fitness Stainless Steel Deep Knurl Power Bar EX Review


Again, will this make any measurable impact on performance? No. It’s more cosmetic than anything and you have to be looking close to even notice it. But it’s there, so I’m pointing it out.

Condition on Arrival

Despite the cardboard tube starting to come apart when I received it, the barbell was in pristine condition. No damage from shipping. And no dings, scratches or staining from the manufacturing process.

Alternatives to the Rep Stainless Steel Deep Knurl Power Bar EX

Stainless Steel Rogue Ohio Power Bar vs Rep Stainless Steel Deep Knurl Power Bar EX

There are two versions of the Stainless Steel Rogue Ohio Power Bar (OPB): the 45 lb version and the more expensive 20 kg version.

They’re very similar to each other, but have a few key differnces. I’ll compare each to the Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX, below:

45 lb Stainless Steel Rogue OPB vs Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX

The main differences these two bars are as follows:

  • The Rep bar is 20kg (44 lbs) compared to 45 lbs for the Rogue bar.
  • The Rep bar has both a stainless steel shaft AND stainless steel sleeves. The Rogue bar has just the stainless steel shaft. Its sleeves are chrome.
  • The Rep bar has smooth sleeves. The Rogue bar’s sleeves are finely grooved.
  • The Rep bar uses “mountain” knurl, meaning the knurl points come to a peak. The Rogue bar uses “volcano” knurl, meaning the knurl points are pitted. The knurling on both bars is very aggressive.
  • The Rep bar has a double snap ring sleeve assembly. The Rogue bar has a single snap ring.
  • The knurling extends ALL the way to the collars of the Rep bar. The knurling on the Rogue bar stops about a quarter inch before the collars.
  • The Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX retails for less ($379) than the 45 lb Stainless Steel Rogue OPB ($395). However, shipping is usually cheaper for Rogue. After calculating total cost (retail + shipping + tax) for both bars, the Rep bar will likely cost you $10+ less than the Rogue. The exact price difference depends on your shipping location and if tax is charged or not.

Just about all other specs are the same between these two bars.

20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB vs Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX

Most of the differences between the 45 lb Stainless Steel Rogue OPB and the Rep Deep Knurl bar (listed above) also apply when comparing the 20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB against the Rep Deep Knurl bar — EXCEPT that:

  • The 20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB bar is (obviously) 20kg, or 44 lbs. This is different than 45 lb Rogue OPB version, but the same as the Rep Deep Knurl bar. If you compete seriously, you’ll probably want a 20kg bar since that’s the weight of the bar you’ll be competing with.
  • The 20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB bar is even more expensive at $440 retail vs $395 for the 45 lb version vs $379 for the Rep Deep Knurl bar.
  • The 20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB bar has significantly thinner sleeve collars than both the 45 lb version and the Rep Deep Knurl bar. As such, it has more loadable sleeve length: 16.875 in vs 16.25 in for both the the 45 lb OPB and the Rep Deep Knurl bar.
  • The 20kg Stainless Steel Rogue OPB bar is IPF approved for use in competition. IF you run an IPF-sanctioned meet, this the bar to get. But if you’re just using it for training, it doesn’t matter.

Price / Value

At $379 + S&H, you get A LOT of value out of this bar. There’s no other fully stainless steel (shaft and sleeves), aggressively knurled, and well-constructed barbell for that price.

This should be on your short list if you’re serious about powerlifting style training and want a capable bar that requires little to no maintenance, at a reasonable price.

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